by Matt Sutton
Cornel West said the following about Edward J. Blum’s W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet:
"This book is a marvelous probing into the unknown and unexplored dimension of the great W. E. B. Du Bois's life and work: his self-styled religious and spiritual temperament. Edward Blum is to be congratulated for this grand contribution!"
Paul Harvey, in turn, said the following: "Blum illuminates the entire range of Du Bois's writings, showing him as a prophetic thinker at times, a deliverer of jeremiads, a composer of creeds, an appreciator of the spirituality of everyday folk, and a visionary who anticipated trends in black theology and womanist theology. A truly valuable contribution to African American and American religious history."
Who should you trust? At least Cornel West, even if the credibility of Harvey, who is rumored to have gone on the road with Palin’s book-tour entourage, is suspect.
Last and least, I too think American Prophet is a phenomenal book.
And now, just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Festivus, it can be yours in paperback. More important, it can be your students’ for a low, low price. Assign this book!—by the way, it works best in classes of 5,000 students or more.